Gender and Women's Studies, B.A. (GIS)
Co-Directors: Travis Foster, Ph.D. and Shauna MacDonald, Ph.D.
Office Location: 488 Saint Augustine Center
Gender and Women’s Studies encourages critical analysis of gender and sexuality at local, national, and global levels—now and in the past. Our curriculum brings feminist and queer theory into conversation with fields of study across the University, from history to sociology to global finance, helping students discover new alternatives for thinking about the problems of the world and the contributions of its people. As teachers, we are profoundly influenced by feminist models of collaborative learning and shared authority. We recognize our students and their life experiences as sources of vital expertise, and we help them find a voice, a sense of community, and a purpose as agents of social change.
MAJOR (30 credits)
The major in Gender and Women’s Studies provides an interdisciplinary and comparative approach to deepen students’ understandings of the history, culture, religion, politics, literature, and society. Students sign up for the major and choose their specialization through the Department of Global Interdisciplinary Studies. The GIS chair and GWS Academic Director will work closely with each student to develop their individual interests, abilities, and career goals while fulfilling the requirements for the major.